Philip Russotti

2007-2015

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Awards & Memberships

Avvo Rated 10.0 Superb
Philip Russotti is Avvo-rated 10.0/10.0 Superb. The Avvo directory uses an unbiased mathematical model to help assess a lawyer's qualifications
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Super Lawyers 2007-2015
Philip Russotti has been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine yearly from 2007 to 2015. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and evaluations
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AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Philip Russotti is rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability.
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Member of the American Association for Justice
Philip Russotti is a sustaining member of the American Association for Justice, the collective voice of the trial bar on Capitol Hill and in courthouses across the nation.
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Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist
Philip Russotti is Board Certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a division of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.
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Featured in Marquis Who’s Who
Philip Russotti was featured in Who’s Who in American Law, a legal listing containing biographies of leading attorneys.
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Top 1% Trial Counsel Award
Philip Russotti was included in the ranking for 2013 New York Top 1% Trial Counsel for Medical Malpractice Plaintiff Attorneys.

Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Philip Russotti is recognized by MDAF. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
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Education

  • J.D., St. John's Law School
  • B.A., Columbia University

Bar Admission

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S District Court, Eastern District of NY
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Organizations

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • N.Y. State Trial Lawyers Institute
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice

Phil In The News

Phil on CBS News
Talks about the household threat against the safety of children.
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Phil on FOX News
Representing Ms. Weinberg in a medical malpractice case for her husband's death.
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Phil on LoHud (USA Today)
Representing Mr. Brody in a train accident case for his wife's death.
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Philip Russotti’s
Case Results

$18 Million
Construction Accident: Labor Law
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$17.5 Million
Police Brutality: Police Shooting Victim
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$16 Million
Medical Malpractice: 2 Brain Damage Cases
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$11.1 Million
Construction Accident: Traumatic Brain Damage
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$10.2 Million
Medical Malpractice: Infant Brain Damage
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When I step before a jury to deliver an opening statement on behalf of my client, no one in that courtroom is more prepared, knowledgeable, dedicated or enthusiastic about the case than I am. I believe that every client deserves the best possible presentation of his case, which means that I must have complete knowledge of the factual and technical details of the case combined with the most qualified experts for that case. I am proud that during a medical malpractice trial in New York State Supreme Court, the trial Judge remarked that my cross-examination of the defendant doctor was a textbook example of how to cross-examine a medical expert. This was accomplished with the same hard work and tireless preparation I bring to every case.

About Philip Russotti

Phil is responsible for all the trials in our office, overseeing each of the trial attorneys and participating in the strategy and preparation of every trial. This approach ensures that each case receives the firm’s utmost attention and effort. Every client is entitled to nothing less.

Phil has tried every type of civil case including medical malpractice, products liability, construction accidents, premises liability, police brutality and automobile cases. He has been recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyer every year since 2007, an honor which represents true recognition of accomplishment in the field by one's peers. In 2014, he was inducted into the N.Y. Law Journal/ ALM Medical Malpractice Hall of Fame. This recognition was due to his obtaining 3 of the top 25 highest verdicts/settlements in medical malpractice cases in the past 5 years in NY State. Only 17 firms were recognized and only one other attorney had 3 cases within the top 25.

Phil's $6,125,000 verdict in Hawaii in a medical malpractice case was the largest jury verdict ever in a personal injury trial in that state at the time, and his $6,200,000 verdict in a Putnam County medical malpractice case is still the largest jury verdict ever in that county. He brings his wealth of experience and ability to every client he represents.

Phil was an Assistant District Attorney in New York County under Frank Hogan and Robert Morgenthau until 1980. When he left, he was Chief of a Supreme Court Trial Bureau, where he supervised and taught trial advocacy to thirty assistant district attorneys who were responsible for trying some of the most serious crimes in the city. Since that time he has been in private practice, concentrating on representing individuals injured by negligent conduct.

Phil is on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He also serves as a Dean of the N.Y. State Trial Lawyers Institute where he teaches trial practice. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, and is a sustaining member of the American Association for Justice. He lectures on trial practice, has the highest rating of AV by Martindale Hubbell, is featured in Who's Who in American Law and is recognized by the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.


Philip Russotti's Verdicts & Settlements

$18 Million - Construction Accident: Labor Law | read more

$17.5 Million - Police Brutality: Police Shooting Victim | read more

$16 Million - Medical Malpractice: 2 Brain Damage Cases | read more

$11.1 Million - Construction Accident: Traumatic Brain Damage | read more

$10.2 Million - Medical Malpractice: Infant Brain Damage | read more

$10 Million - Birth Injury | read more

$8.2 Million - Construction Accident: Worker Paralyzed in Fall | read more

$7.25 Million - Construction Accident: Scaffold Defect | read more

$6.6 Million - Medical Malpractice: Spinal Surgery | read more

$6.15 Million - Medical Malpractice: Medical Negligence | read more

$6.15 Million - Medical Malpractice: Doctor Negligence | read more

$4.9 Million - Car Accident: Pedestrian Injured | read more

$4.5 Million - Emotional Injuries Caused by Baby’s Death | read more

$4.5 Million - Medical Malpractice: Failure to Diagnose | read more

$4.25 Million - Medical Malpractice: Medication Error | read more

$4 Million - Construction Accident: Brain Injury | read more

$3.9 Million - Birth Injury | read more

$3.75 Million - Construction Accident: Bricklayer Injury | read more

$3.3 Million - Truck Accident: Victim No Longer Able to Work | read more

$3 Million - Medical Malpractice: Wrongful Death | read more

$2.75 Million - Intersection Car Accident | read more

$2.5 Million - Automobile Accident: Pedestrian | read more

$2.5 Million - Car Accident: Pedestrian Accident Injuries | read more

$2.25 Million - Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack: Stroke | read more

$2.05 Million - Medical Malpractice: Wrongful Death | read more

$1.75 Million - Car Accident: Pedestrian Injury | read more

$1.7 Million - Medical Malpractice: Failure to Diagnose Prostate Cancer | read more

$1.7 Million - Construction Accident: Fall from External Elevator Hoist | read more

$1.5 Million - Medical Malpractice: Liver Failure | read more

$1.35 Million - Medical Malpractice: Wrongful Death | read more

$1.3 Million - Intersection Accident: Crash with Fire Truck | read more

$1 Million - Medical Malpractice: Failure to Diagnose Lung Cancer | read more

$900,000 - Medical Malpractice: Failure to Provide Glucose Monitoring | read more

$750,000 - Medical Malpractice: Failure to Diagnose Lung Cancer | read more

$681,325 - September 11th Victims Compensation Case: Sole Supporter Killed | read more

$325,000 - Insurance Bad Faith: Allstate Failed to Pay | read more

Confidential - Medical Malpractice: Wrongful Death | read more


Philip Russotti's Landmark Cases

Salinas v. Briarwood Associates, $18 million verdict.
Construction accident- fractured calcaneus, herniated disc, impotence- Supreme Court, Kings County

Campos v. City of the New York, $17.5 million verdict
police brutality, paraplegia Supreme Court, New York County

Natoo v. City of New York, $11 .2 million verdict
construction accident, adult brain damage- Supreme Court, Queens County

Galindo v. Westchester County Health Care Corp., et aI., $10.2 settlement
pediatric malpractice - failure to diagnose herpes infection 10 day old baby, causing cerebral palsy - Supreme Court, Westchester County

Alvarez v. Arden Hill Hospital, $10 million settlement
obstetric and nursing malpractice -improper interpretation of fetal heart tracings - Supreme Court, Orange County

Tolve v. D'Angelo, $8.5 million verdict
vascular surgery malpractice- improper preparation for test resulting in stroke- Supreme Court Westchester County

Rivera v. CSPN Paliuras Contracting, et aI., $8 .2 million settlement
construction accident resulting in paraplegia - Supreme Court, Queens County

Hochberg v. Montefiore Medical Center, $6.6 million settlement
neurological malpractice, failure to properly perform spinal fusion surgery- Supreme Court, New York County

Young v. Passick, $6.2 million verdict
orthopedic malpractice, failure to diagnose sarcoma, above-the-knee amputation, Supreme Court, Monroe County

Ray v. Kapiolani, $6.15 million verdict
pediatric rheumatology malpractice - improper dosage of steroids - First District Court - Honolulu, Hawaii

Civgin-Gulkan v. St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, $6 million dollar settlement
obstetrical malpractice, improper VBAC, brain damage - Supreme Court, New York County

Jones v. Crossman, $5.9 million settlement
nursing malpractice, failure to treat airway closure, brain damage- Supreme Court, Monroe County

Santella v. St. Luke's, Roosevelt Hospital, $5.5 million settlement
neonatology malpractice- failure to properly resuscitate infant- Supreme Court, New York County

Medina v. Bronx Lebanon Hospital, $5.5 million settlement
obstetrical malpractice, failure to timely deliver and resuscitate baby- Supreme Court, Bronx County

Rios v. Beth Israel Medical Center, $5 million dollar settlement
neonatology malpractice, failure to properly treat infection, brain damage - Supreme Court, Bronx County

Malave v. Tambasco, $4.9 million settlement
automobile accident, crush injury to leg, Supreme Court, Queens County

Keever v. Albany Medical Center, $4.75 million settlement
obstetrical malpractice, delay in delivery of baby- brain damage, Supreme Court, Albany County

Golombek v. Cabrini Medical Center, $4.75 million verdict
emergency medical service malpractice- emotional damages to mother, wrongful death of infant - Supreme Court, New York County

Bressler v. Sklaroff, M.D., $4.6 million settlement
urologic malpractice, failure to diagnose bladder cancer, removal of bladder - Supreme Court, New York

Lim v. Berkey, et aI., $4.5 million settlement
surgical internal medicine and gastroenterology malpractice- failure to diagnose appendicitis- Supreme Court, New York County

Dans v. Rappaport, $3.9 million settlement
obstetrical and anesthesia malpracticefailure to timely deliver baby- Supreme Court, Rockland County

Jones v. Morales, $3.75 million settlement
surgical malpractice, premature ' discharge from hospital causing respiratory failure- Supreme Court, Kings County

Seitz v. Mendelowitz, M.D., $3 million dollar settlement
obstetrical malpractice, failure to interpret fetal monitor strips, brain damage - Supreme Court, Westchester County

Kremsner v. Mt. Sinai Hospital, $2.65 settlement
anesthesia malpractice, perforation of esophagus during transesophageal echocardiogram resulting in esophojectomy Supreme Court, Kings County

Argus v. Ahmed, $2.25 million settlement
automobile accident, roll over, nerve damage to leg, bladder damage to infant - Supreme Court, Kings County

Weinberg v. Russo, $2.5 million settlement
automobile accident- Supreme Court, Rockland County

Abbate v. Rosenthal, $2.25 million settlement
construction accident- brain damage, Supreme Court Kings County

Borzacchiello v. Forest Hills Hospital, $2.05 million settlement
anesthesia malpractice - wrongful death - failure to set anesthesia, Supreme Court, Queens County

Roth, Shaindy an infant by her mother and natural guardian v. Klein, et al. - $2 million settlement
bus accident - multiple surgeries and scarring on legs, Supreme Court, Kings County

Agro v. Gambardella, et ano., $1 .75 million settlement
automobile accident, resulting in cervical and lumbar fusion - Supreme Court, Queens County

Solon v. Montefiore, $1 .75 million settlement
neurosurgical malpractice- improper spinal surgery- Supreme Court, Bronx County

Beauchesne v. The City of New York, $1 .7 million verdict
construction accident- brain damage- Supreme Court, New York County

Smith v. Atlantic Hyedt, $1 .7 million settlement
construction accident, fractured hip and femur- Supreme Court, New York County

Colino v. Roth, $1 .7 million settlement
internist malpractice, failure to report urologic for elevated PSA, prostate cancer- Supreme Court, Suffolk County

Armstrong. v. Markham, $1 .5 million settlement
internist malpractice, failure to maintain liver function, resulting in liver transplant- Supreme Court, Bronx county

Daley v. Frye, $1 .5 million settlement
urologic malpractice - failure to diagnose urethral carcinoma- Supreme Court, New York County

Paulie v. Imbarato, $1 .5 million settlement
internist malpractice, failure to diagnose stomach cancer, gastrectonomy- Supreme Court, Orange County

Weinberg v. Westchester Medical Center, $1.45 million settlement
nursing malpracticeimproper feeding into drainage tube- Supreme Court, Westchester County

Williams v. HIP, $1 .35 million settlement
internal medical malpractice- failure to diagnose base of tongue cancer- Supreme Court, Bronx County

Anderson v. Shebany, $1.25 million settlement
anesthesia and nursing medical malpractice- inappropriate anesthesia insufficient monitoring- wrongful death- Supreme Court, New York

Marks v. NYU Medical Center, $1.25 million settlement
internal medicine malpracticefailure to diagnose arterial occlusion resulting in leg amputation- Supreme Court, New York County

Breiger v. New York University Medical Center, $1.25 million settlement
emergency room malpractice- failure to properly treat stroke- Supreme Court, Queens County

Testa v. John Doe, $1 million settlement
neurosurgical malpractice - improper placement of spinal rods, Supreme Court, New York County

Segura v. Pennsylvania Hotel, $900,000 settlement
product liability, defectively designed roof hazard handle, herniated discs - Supreme Court, New York County

Kautz v. Mid Island Hospital, $800,000 settlement
surgical malpractice, improper administration of medication resulting in toxic megacolon- Supreme Court, Nassau County

Ericksmoen v. St. Luke's Hospital, $750,000 pre-litigation settlement
breast surgeon malpractice, improper pathologic practice, unnecessary lumpectomy

Hamilton v. Southampton Hospital, $750,000 settlement
emergency room malpractice, failure to read x-ray report of lung mass, wrongful death - Supreme Court, Suffolk County

Brattis v. Hospital for Special Surgery, $750,000
radiologic malpractice and failure to properly monitor patient; administered dye resulting in brain damage- Supreme Court, New York County

Gonzalez v. Clirkat Donuts, $700,000 verdict
premises liability- failure to have properly designed kitchen resulting in 3rd degree burns- Supreme Court, Bronx County

Graham v. Columbia Presbyterian, $600,000 settlement
surgical malpractice- failure to diagnose prostate bleed- wrongful death- Supreme Court, Bronx County

Philbert vs. Anonymous, $600,000 settlement
racial discrimination- Supreme Court, New York County

Bouton v. NYU, $600,000 settlement
anesthesia malpractice, improper administration of scalene block, muscle paralysis- Supreme Court, New York County

Wingate v. Present, $570,000 verdict
surgical malpractice- failure to diagnose colon perforation following colonoscopy- Supreme Court, New York County

Balsam v. Surur, MD., $500,000 settlement
surgical malpractice, failure to diagnose perforated uterus- Supreme Court, New York County

Cosares v. Methodist Hospital, $500,000 settlement
internist malpractice, failure to diagnose bowel obstruction, wrongful death- Supreme Court, Kings County

Barksdale v. St. Vincent's Hospital, $500,000 settlement
emergency room malpractice, improper administration of Tegretol- Supreme Court, Bronx County

DeBello v. Town of Babylon, $450,000 settlement
automobile accident, negligent operation of ambulance- Supreme Court, Suffolk County

Gorman v. Hyster, $450,000 settlement
product's liability- defective forklift- U.S. District Court of New Jersey

Campbell v. Atlantic Towers, $400,000 settlement
lack of security, sexual assault, Supreme Court, Kings County

Belle v. Colletta, $350,000 verdict
automobile, seven car collision- Supreme Court, Kings County

Pinto v. Allstate Insurance Company, $350,000 settlement
insurance company- bad faith action- Southern District of New York

Rosas v. City of New York, $300,000
slip and fall and orthopedic medical malpractice, Supreme Court Kings County

Gerardi v. Hospital for Joint Disease, $300,000
medical malpractice, failure to treat foot drop- Supreme Court, Kings County

Claps v. The City of New York, $250,000 verdict
defective sidewalk fractured hip, Supreme Court, Bronx County

Capraro v. Cohen, $250,000 settlement
medical malpractice, failure to properly perform prostectomy, incontinence- Supreme Court, New York County

Musso v. Jacobi Hospital, $250,000 settlement
negligence in supervision of IV, immitrate burn- Supreme Court, Bronx County

Granese v. Akerman, $200,000 verdict
medical malpractice, failure to diagnose knee infection- Supreme Court, Kings County

Flowers v. Southampton Hospital or Van Dyne, $210,000 verdict
radiologic malpractice failure to diagnose breast cancer- Supreme Court, Suffolk County

Clymer v. St. Luke's Hospital, $195,000 settlement
nursing malpractice, failure to properly restrain patient, fractured hip, Supreme Court, New York County

Hopkins v. NYU, $175,000 settlement
premises liability, sexual assault- Supreme Court, New York County

Tarallo v. Winthrop Hospital, $125,000 settlement
medical malpractice, foreign object, Supreme Court, Nassau County

Gerbezer v. Long Island Jewish Hospital, $125,000 verdict
medical malpractice, failure to treat infection- Supreme Court, Queens County

Harrison v. Rodman, $100,000 settlement
negligence in maintenance of porch- Supreme Court, Kings County


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